Theft Attorneys in Iowa City
Helping the Accused Build a Strong Defense in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Scott County & All of Eastern Iowa
If you have been accused of a theft crime and are now wondering what lies ahead, Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger is here to help you understand the legal process. When you reach out to our Iowa City theft lawyers, we can begin by getting to know you and hearing your side of the story. Then we can help you understand your legal options and what to expect as your case progresses.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, we may be able to obtain a case dismissal prior to going to court. If this is not possible, our criminal defense attorneys can put their extensive trial experience to work for you and build a strong case on your behalf.
Theft Charges in Iowa City
In Iowa, theft charges include offenses in which the defendant deprived another person of their property, or participated in the act in some way. Regardless of the particular theft charges, there are many factors that are involved in each case. With your freedom at stake, choosing the right law firm is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. A team of skilled criminal defense lawyers can challenge the evidence against you and work to get your charges reduced or even dismissed.
There are many types of theft, including:
- Petty theft
- Grand theft
- Armed robbery
- Receiving stolen property
- Writing bad checks
- Car theft
Misdemeanor Theft vs. Felony Theft in Iowa
A theft crime will be considered theft in the 1st degree (Class C felony) in Iowa if at least one of the following is true:
- the property that was allegedly stolen has a value of more than $10,000
- the property was physically taken from another person
- the property was taken from a building that had been damaged or destroyed in a riot, explosion, fire or physical disaster
Theft in the 2nd degree (Class D felony) is charged if at least one of the following is true:
- the property's value exceeds $1,000 and does not surpass $10,000
- property is a motor vehicle and its value does not exceed $10,000
This crime does not include motorized bicycles when value is determined.
A theft crime will be considered theft in the 3rd degree (aggravated misdemeanor) if at least one of the following is true:
- the property's value surpassed $500 but does not exceed $1,000
- if the property that does not surpass $500 in value and the alleged theft was perpetrated by someone who has been convicted two previous times of theft
A theft crime will be considered theft in the 4th degree (serious misdemeanor) if at least one of the following is true:
- If the property's value exceeds $200 and does not exceed $500, the crime is considered theft in the fourth degree , which is a serious misdemeanor.
A theft crime will be considered theft in the 5th degree in Iowa (simple misdemeanor) if :
- The theft of property does not exceed $200 in value
Defending Against Theft Allegations in Iowa
It is important to remember that just because you were charged with theft does not mean that you are guilty. In fact, you are innocent until proven guilty. There are many defenses that are available for defending against theft charges, and our Iowa theft crimes lawyers are experienced in discovering and using the most effective strategies.
The prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The property did not belong to you
- You had the intent to steal
- You actually stole the property
Whether you have been charged with a minor or a major theft offense, Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger has the knowledge and resources to fight to protect your rights. Do not wait another moment to seek the advocacy you require. The sooner you obtain qualified legal representation from our Iowa City theft attorneys, the sooner we can start building a solid defense on your behalf.
Call (319) 499-5524 today to discuss your case with a reliable legal team.
Case Dismissed Federal Crimes
The defendant was charged with an immigration offense. Through substantial litigation, the defendant was released from jail. As a result of administrative proceedings, the Government was unable to bring the defendant to trial. The case was subsequently dismissed with prejudice on speedy trial grounds following counsel's motion to dismiss.
Southern District of Iowa 3:18-cr-00062.
Charge Dismissed Drug Crimes
Scott County case FECR409878, controlled substance violation. Charge dismissed after suppression of illegal search and evidence derived from said search, as well as suppression of evidence following prolonged detention of the Defendant without sufficient legal basis.
Acquitted of Multiple Forcible Felonies Federal Crimes
Client found not guilty of all charges, including Sex Abuse in the 2nd Degree and Burglary in the 1st Degree, following a week-long jury trial in Cedar County case FECR026469.
No Suspension of Driving Privileges OWI/DUI
Defendant was involved in an ATV accident in which injuries occurred. The defendant relied on his CDL for employment. He was taken to the hospital and law enforcement obtained a warrant for the defendant's blood. He was charged with an OWI. After significant negotiations, the defendant was able to plead to public intoxication with no suspension of his driving privileges.
Charges Reduced, No Incarceration Imposed Federal Crimes
Muscatine County FECR056673. Vehicular Homicide was reduced to Involuntary Manslaughter. Total sentence was suspended.
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